Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 288 pages
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
Why I Loved This Book:
1. It was such a feel good book. It made me smile, it made me laugh. I become emotionally invested in the characters. Just an adorable book!
2. Lara Jean. Oh, Lara Jean, I liked you so much. You were such a homebody and you just didn't really care. You knew who you were. You loved your sisters and your father. You were a scrapbooker. You hated driving. You were so clueless with guys.
3. Opposites attract. Such a perfect opposites attract relationship. Since they don't care about impressing each other, they're completely honest with each other. I loved watching their relationship progress (I'm not mentioning what couple I'm talking about since the synopsis doesn't include it). The romance is delightful.
4. Sister love and family. It was such an important part of this book. No absent families here.
What I didn't like was the ending. I guess I wasn't paying attention because I had no idea this was the first in a series (I think it's just a duology). So when it ends in a cliffhanger (yes, a cliffhanger in a YA contemporary), I was like…what???? I was ready to rant and then I found out that yes, there is a sequel. So just be prepared for that.
Words don't adequately express how charmed I was by this book. If you enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss or The Distance Between Us, you will love this one. Read it!!!
Posted by: Pam